VSO温哥华交响乐团新的乐季(第94年–真直得祝贺–多伦多交响乐团也不过90年)已於9月21日晚隆重拉开序幕，首演曲目甚为新鲜，在两组耳熟能详的西班牙狂想曲及林拇斯基以西班牙民歌及吉普赛风格为基础的随想曲之后，由黎巴嫩裔(爱美尼亚)的加国女高音Isabel Bayrakdarian与乐团演出充满西班牙及的古巴风情的艺术歌集，包括法国作曲家拉威尔谱写源自阿拉伯之夜故事集的诗篇歌曲，充满了异国情调的歌词及音乐，予人带来了无限想像的空间，这乐引带出了乐团接著下来的西班牙狂想曲(也是拉威尔的名作) 的演出，划出了神秘、诱人的法兰明歌及夏巴那拉(混合非洲及古巴舞蹈风格)的节奏， 使整个夜晚充满了动感及活力。
Zuill Bailey & Isabel Bayrakdarian talk about The Spanish Masters album from Zenph
The Spanish Masters / Bailey, Bayrakdarian, Albeniz, Granados, Falla
Bailey,Zuill / Bayrakdarian,Isabel
Release Date: 11/08/2011
Label: Zenph Studios Catalog #: 1001 Spars Code: DDD
Composer: Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz, Domenico Scarlatti, Enrique Granados
Performer: Zuill Bailey, Manuel de Falla, Milton Rubén Laufe, Isaac Albeniz, ...
Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
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Performer: Milton Rubén Laufer
Composer: Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla
Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Zenph Studios
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“What the Zenph team has done is bordering on the miraculous.” – Dr. Milton Laufer, noted pianist and world expert on Spanish composers.
The Spanish Masters shines a spotlight on famed Iberian composers Albéniz, Granados and Falla. Although these gentlemen died more than sixty years ago, they were recorded anew in 2011 performing their own works at the piano, alongside cellist Zuill Bailey and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian. How was this possible? Through the magic of groundbreaking technology, the original audio recordings of these Spanish masters were transformed back into live performances. This recording combines classical music royalty with two of the most vibrant stars in classical music today, to create a dazzling, blockbuster recording that serious music fans and audiophiles will want for their collection.
Zuill Bailey has established himself as one of the most sought-after musicians performing today. Likewise, Canadian-Armenian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is an international opera sensation and has appeared on stage at the world’s premier opera houses. The original recordings of Albéniz were recorded in 1903 by Edison gramophone on wax cylinders; the original Granados cylinders originate from 1912. From those delicate cylinders, stunning new re-performances were created using cutting-edge technology, along with the most modern recording equipment and production.
This album is the fifth offering from Zenph Sound Innovations, a music technology company based in Durham, North Carolina. The company creates proprietary software and algorithms to transform recorded music into very sophisticated data, describing precisely how musicians perform. From this data, recordings can be “re-performed” with astonishing fidelity. The company’s work was named one of the “Best Ideas of the Year” by The New York Times Magazine and has received multiple GRAMMY® nominations. The editor of Stereophile magazine described Zenph’s Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff album as “one of the finest piano recordings ever made.”
A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1997—the same year she graduated from the University of Toronto cum laude with that impressively nonmusical degree—Ms. Bayrakdarian thereafter found her career taking rapid wing. In 1999 she scored a notable success in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere production of William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge; the following year, she walked away from Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition with first prize. She launched 2002 with her San Francisco Opera debut, as Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and closed it with her Metropolitan Opera debut, in the New York premiere of Bolcom’s opera; a season later, she won plaudits (and hearts) as Teresa in the belated Met premiere of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini. Mozart became a specialty: Zerlina in Don Giovanni (New York, Houston, Salzburg), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Los Angeles, London), and Pamina in The Magic Flute (New York, Toronto). “How any man could not relent before the beautiful Isabel Bayrakdarian’s ardent Pamina was a mystery,” marveled the New York Times after her first Met Flute. But almost from the start, she’s refused to be hemmed in to a particular period or style. Her roles at her home-base theater, Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company, range from Gluck’s Euridice to Debussy’s Mélisande to Poulenc’s Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites; and away from home she’s shone as Monteverdi’s Poppea in Barcelona, Handel’s Romilda (Serse) in Dresden, and Janáček’s Vixen in New York, Florence, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. .
But opera is only one page of the Bayrakdarian résumé. An ever-active concertizer, she’s appeared with the premier orchestras of New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Paris, London, Vienna, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal under the baton of such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Leonard Slatkin, James Levine, Anne Manson, Bramwell Tovey, Peter Oundjian and Richard Bradshaw.
Her versatility is also reflected in being the featured vocalist on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, and on the soundtrack of Atom Egoyan’s Ararat; a trance music collaboration with electronica band “Delerium”, which garnered yet another Grammy nomination, the BBC-produced short film “HOLOCAUST – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz”, which generated close to a million views on Youtube, and her Gemini nominated film “Long Journey Home” documenting her first visit to her homeland Armenia. Additional interesting forays include her very successful tango album and project Tango Notturno, a recording of Armenian medieval sacred music in Joyous Light, and her recording of Seven Spanish Songs with the composer, Manuel de Falla “accompanying” her on the piano, made possible by Zenph Sound Innovations Inc.
Bayrakdarian is the winner of four consecutive Juno Awards for Best Classical Album (Vocal)— for Azulão, a deft selection of Spanish, Brazilian, and Argentine songs, Cleopatra, baroque arias with Tafelmusik, a collection of songs by the great nineteenth-century singer/composer Pauline Viardot Garcia, and Mozart Arie e Duetti, a happy collaboration with two other famous Canadian singers, tenor Michael Schade and baritone Russell Braun. But her happiest collaborations, personal and professional, have involved the Armenian-Canadian pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian, her frequent accompanist and arranger and (not least) her husband and the father of their two young children. Their Nonesuch CD “Gomidas Songs” promoted and popularized the work of Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabed, earning them a Grammy nomination in 2009.
Other recordings with orchestra include Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 with John Axelrod conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, released on the Sony Classical label, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 , alongside mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson and Michael Tilson-Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony.
Ms Bayrakdarian is the recipient of many awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and the Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, the George London Foundation Award, and the Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize.
01. Falla: El Paño Moruno
02. Falla: Asturiana
03. Falla: Jota
04. Falla: Nana
05. Falla: Canción
06. Falla: Polo
07. Albéniz: La Vega
08. Albéniz: Improvisación No. 1
09. Albéniz: Improvisación No. 2
10. Albéniz: Improvisación No. 3
11. Granados: Piano Sonata No 9 in B-flat Major
12. Granados: Improvisación Sobre
13. Granados: Danza Española No. 7
14. Granados: Danza Española No. 10
15. Falla: El Paño Moruno
16. Falla: Seguidilla Murciana
17. Falla: Asturiana
18. Falla: Jota
19. Falla: Nana
20. Falla: Canción
21. Falla: Polo
22. Falla: Canción del Fuego Fatuo from El Amor Brujo
23. Falla: Soneto a Córdoba